Chipotle Mexican Grill Barbacoa Burritos by Todd Wilbur

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 0 mins

Recipe is from I received an email today from Ron from and here is what he had to say: Ron here from - hope all is well. When I used to work in NY city, I would eat lunch at Chipotle Mexican Grill at least twice per week. I simply loved their burritos and I was not the only one. The line would literally be out the door starting at 12:30pm. We would fax in our orders in advance to avoid the ridiculous lines - that was until other people caught on and began faxing in their orders also :-(. Even so, it was always well worth the wait. Here's a recipe from Chipotle which I'm sure you'll love. Special thanks to Kaci for posting this on the Secret Recipe Forum.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Make adobo sauce by combining vinegar, lime juice, peppers, garlic, cumin, oregano, black pepper, salt and clove in a blender or food processor and puree on high speed until smooth.
  2. Trim the fat from the meat, and then slice the roast into 6 smaller pieces. Sear all sides of the chunks of meat in 2 tablespoons of oil in a large stockpot or dutch oven over medium heat until browned. Add the adobo sauce to the meat, pour in the chicken broth, and add the bay leaves. Cover the pot, turn your stove to med/low heat and let the meat simmer (braise) for 5 to 6 hours or until meat easily flakes apart. Turn meat every 30 minutes as it cooks. After 4 hours, keep the lid off the pot. At the 5-hour mark, you should be able to tear meat apart into bite-size chunks with tongs.
  3. As soon as your meat is in the pot, make pico de gallo by combining all ingredients in a bowl. Cover and chill for several hours while the barbacoa is cooking.
  4. Just before meat is done, prepare the pinto beans by combining beans with bacon fat and oregano in a medium saucepan. Simmer 30 to 40 minutes or until most of the liquid is gone and beans are soft. Keep beans covered until the meat is ready.
  5. Make the cilantro-lime rice by combining water, rice, butter and salt in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then reduce heat to low, cover saucepan, and simmer for 20 minutes. When the rice is done stir in the cilantro and lime juice. Keep rice covered until you're ready to assemble the burritos.
  6. Make each burrito by first heating a flour tortilla on a large skillet over medium heat, or wrapped in moist paper towels in the microwave. When the tortilla is warm, spoon a healthy portion of barbacoa meat into the tortilla, followed by the cilantro-lime rice, beans, pico de gallo, and your choice of cheese. You can also add sour cream and/or guacamole, if you like. Fold in the sides, tightly roll the tortilla, and dig in!


Most Helpful

We love this recipe! I have made it several times and it is always a hit. I make a few adjustments and cook it in the crock pot. I put all ingredients except the bay leaves in a food processor and puree. Then I sear the meat on the stove with salt and pepper and then put it in the crock pot. Pour the adobo sauce and the meat and cook on low for 7 or 8 hours. I serve this with the cilantro-lime rice, black beans and homemade salsa verde. I'm making it for my husband's birthday again tonight! Thank you for a great recipe!

beccsterjoy December 22, 2010

I prepared this exactly as it is written here and everyone has loved it. I used canned chipotle peppers in sauce and rinsed them and seeded them. The only thing I would change is the level of heat. I would add another pepper or leave them in the sauce. We added cholula hot sauce to individual plates, but the man of the house said he'd eat this 3x a week. It was amazing!!!

shellynnrn June 04, 2011

I made this last night after using a recipe in a book I found. I was going to post it here but glad to find it was alrerady posted. The book didn't state that the chipotle's should not be in the Abodo Sauce in the cans so mine came out super spicy. (First time using the abodo sauce) I'm very tolerant to spicy but this was even too much for me. I had to put the meat in a strainer press out the sauce and run some water over it to take the edge off. Other than that minor detail missing in the book, this was perfect. I now know from the recipe here to find one without the Abodo sauce or to just use fresh. I made everything eactly as written and I was not disapointed. This is a keeper. Thanks for posting here. :-)

ChrissyVas80 May 30, 2010

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